The warden of the East Bay Federal Women’s Prison, where Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin recently served time, has been accused of sexually abusing an inmate.
Federal prosecutors unveiled charges on Wednesday accusing Ray J. Garcia of repeatedly sexually assaulting an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institute in Dublin, sexually harassing another inmate and storing photos on his Bureau of Prisons work computer. which showed the assault victim naked in his cell.
Garcia, 54, is accused of digitally penetrating an inmate multiple times while he was associate director. As such, Garcia had disciplinary power over women inside the prison, one of the few all-female facilities in the federal correctional system.
According to the complaint, Garcia physically assaulted the woman, and when she pushed his hand away, he placed his hand on her genitals.
Garcia, a resident of Merced, also asked him and at least one other inmate to strip naked for him when he made his rounds, prosecutors said, adding that he also showed pictures of his genitals to the women he is accused of assaulting.
Prosecutors say that to prevent the inmate from reporting his behavior, Garcia told him he was a ‘close friend’ of the person investigating the alleged inmate misconduct and that he could not be fired .
A search of Garcia’s cellphone and work computer yielded hundreds of sexually graphic photographs, including images of male and female genitalia and nude photographs of Garcia, according to court records.
Garcia was placed on administrative leave in July as part of the investigation. He is being held without bond in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin’s Alameda County, according to prison records. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison, three years of probation and a fine of up to $250,000.
During Garcia’s tenure in prison, Loughlin served two months for his conviction in the college admissions scandal. Huffman served 11 days in the low-security prison following his conviction in the same “Varsity Blues” scandal.
Garcia is the second Dublin prison official charged with sexual abuse. In June, correctional guard Ross Klinger, 36, was accused of sexually abusing two inmates.
According to federal prosecutors, Klinger had sex with at least one inmate between April and October 2020, continuing after he was transferred to a halfway house in San Diego, and also had sex with a second inmate. .
Prosecutors allege Klinger told the two inmates that he wanted to father their children and planned to marry them. He also allegedly gave the women and their families money and gifts.
Other officers have been charged in a civil lawsuit with jail abuse.
In 2019, an inmate sued the prison alleging that a male correctional officer sexually assaulted her and that two of his colleagues helped cover it up for a year before finally reporting it.
The woman said she was in a prison labor camp when a guard took her to isolated areas to sexually assault her. The people named in the lawsuit have not been charged.